Skin Deep

The other day I got an email from a reader (side note: I LOVE when I get emails from my readers…it truly makes my day) asking what I do to maintain my skin so wrinkle-free. Obviously I decided that this woman needed to become my best friend immediately because anyone that sees me as wrinkle-free is A-OKay in my book ;)
But truth be told, I do feel like my skin is hanging on to its youth quite well. True, genetics play a role in it but even if you’ve got Iman as a mother, you still need to invest some time into giving your skin the attention it needs.
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Good Hair (Every) Day

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{Shirt: J. Crew vintage cotton tee in Spanish}

Having long hair in Miami is no easy task. I mean, I have to deal with humidity, rain, salt air, intense sun and the blowdryer on a daily basis. Long hair in Miami takes a beating and I’ll be honest, I’m not always the kindest to my hair. I’ll pull it back when it’s wet, do a hot blowdry on it to get it dry faster, leave it in a ponytail for a full day and more….so when RICH hair care offered to send me their collection to try, I was like “oh yeah…bring it on!”.
I’ve been using these products for two weeks now and between us gals, I wasn’t expecting much…I mean, how often have you purchased a product that promises miracle results only to be sadly disappointed?
I have. I’ve done it a lot…epsecially with hair care so I wasn’t keeping my hopes too high when the package arrived. Obviously the products proved me wrong (or else I wouldn’t be here writing this post). And by proved me wrong, I mean they gave me the side-eye, looked at my hair and said “girl, we so got this.”
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Epitome Spa

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There’s a saying that bigger is better…and I agree that sometimes it’s true BUT when it comes to getting pampered, I prefer to be in an intimate, boutique type of setting and perhaps that I what I love most about Epitome Spa in Coral Gables. I first met the lovely Soumia, owner of Epitome Spa, when I was looking for a way to get my body back into pre-baby shape. I had heard of a technique called “endermologie” and was intrigued at the process. Soumia met with me and explained it in detail. After that initial consultation,  I couldn’t way to try it out and honestly, I’m so grateful I did. I underwent 10 sessions and I can tell you that I genuinely SAW a difference in the shape of my thighs and butt. It’s non-evasive, totally natural (no injections, chemicals or pills) and pretty much pain free. Best part, Soumia is officially trained by LPG (the company that founded endermologie) and she just happens to be one of 2 spas in the Miami area with the latest (and greatest) endermologie machine. Having spent so much time at the spa, I got to really enjoy (and learn) about other extensive and tried & true methods of beauty. Check out my thoughts on what else Epitome Spa offers… Continue reading

Beauty of Spring

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(This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with Neutrogena and Latina Bloggers Connect. I received the products mentioned plus compensation for this post. All opinions and pictures are my own).
What does Spring time in Miami mean? Well, for starters it means less crowds (after Spring Break of course)…and trust me, all us locals jump for joy when that happens. Less crowds also means more beach space and that’s what I love about Spring time in Miami. Being able to head to the beach and carve out a large area of sand for me and my family/friends to enjoy. There’s nothing better than spending the day under the sun and finishing off the day with drinks and dinner under the stars. Continue reading

BONBON

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Shout out to the fabulous people at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour for sending this new fragrance my way from Viktor & Rolf. It’s called BONBON and it’s as delicious smelling as the name implies. It’s a beautiful and feminine scent that is absolutely perfect for springtime. First off, the packaging is fit for a princess so you know they had be at the bow. It’s a delicate blend of tangerine, black currant, orange, orange blossom, jasmine, peach, guaiac wood, cedar wood and caramel. For me, it’s just begging to be worn out at to an elegant evening event or an outdoor wedding. I can picture it now…a balmy wind in the air, the sun setting, a big white  tent housing a beautiful candlelight interior and a live orchestra playing a little Sinatra. Oh yes…this perfume would be perfect for such a soiree…

Now, if anyone has an invite they’d like to send my way…I know just what I’d wear:

Viktor & Rolf Springtime Fashion

 

XOXO,
Martha

The Eyes Have It

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If the eyes are truly the windows to our souls, why not spruce up the “curtains” a tad? That was my mentality when Jen Woehle from Beau Ideal House of Beauty reached out to me and asked me to try out some eyelash extensions.
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My 5-Minute Face in 8 Easy steps…

004026 I’m busy…but let’s face it, so are you. We all are in this non-stop modern day world. And on top of all that, I’m now a full time mom…thus diminishing any free time I had to about zilch. This forced me to reassess my morning makeup routine. Where once I had all the time I needed to get ready, now I have to be finished in about 15 minutes…and that includes getting dressed and showered ;) Here’s what I do to get ready to “face” the day: Continue reading

Call me, maybe! Actually…call Van Michael Salon!

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I know, I know…I’ve been totally and literally MIA (missing in action)…even after the last post where I mentioned that I would be back into the routine of things. Tisk, tisk.
I’ve scolded myself so you don’t have to…but for the record, I would like to say that I am coming back to full-time blogging soon…real soon. And to make up for my absence, I want to share with you all a fab little perk especially for my Miami guys and gals.
Van Michael Salon in South Beach is celebrating their 12 year anniversary and to thank the rocking city of Miami for all their years of loyalty, they’ve got a sweet deal going on now which involves some major FREE stuff.
Yeah, they have an anniversary and we get to reap the benefits. Winning!salon_pic2_large[1]
For the first 12 days of July, the first 12 people to call the salon each day and wish them a happy anniversary will receive a complimentary cut and color and experience Aveda rituals and world class service with their newest talents, Sean, Roxie and Bethany.
That’s all it takes, friends. Just call them up, show them some love for their anniversary and get yourself a new look. So don’t just stand there…pick up the phone and give them a call ;)
Happy dialing, friends!

XOXO,
Martha

PS…Here’s their number: 305-534-6789

Give them good face!

For starters, a good face in this case is a fresh and healthy face, a natural glow. Being pregnant for the last 9 months gave me an unfair advantage…after all, they don’t call it a “pregnancy glow” for nothing. But since Mia was born, I noticed my skin was lacking in that department. Enter Julien Farel salon and their lovely esthetician Betsy. She spent an hour pampering my face with the best products from Image Skincare.
I was so relaxed and my skin looked so healthy afterwards. Keep reading to know all the products she used and how you can take advantage of their special offer especially for Princess Martha readers…seriously, you’ll want to try this facial out and at the price they’re giving you, you just can’t pass it up!
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Last Minute by Spa Finder

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In this day and age, it’s a miracle we can accomplish all the things we have on our plates let alone find time for a little pampering so the new service by the SpaFinder team is perfect for the modern day busy lady (or man). I was invited to lunch on a private yacht (yes, rough day for me) and chat with the CEO of SpaFinder, Pete Ellis, about their newest addition, Last Minute. So come and cruise away with me ;)

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